Food Memory Friday: Carol’s Famous Sleepover Peanut Butter Bars

There was a period of time in my life from the time I was 10 to the time I was about 14 that involved slumber parties with my girlfriends at least once a month. Andrea, Angie, Kelly, Nicole, Jamie, and Sarah and I were pretty inseparable. At these sleepovers we entertained ourselves by dressing up in costumes, creating (and videotaping) dance routines and skits, watching movies, and talking about boys. We usually tried to stay up all night and to accomplish this difficult task, we needed the assistance of sugar. That’s where these peanut butter bars came into play.

They were the treat that my childhood friends and I grew to adore and expect whenever we went over to Andrea’s house. Andrea’s mom, Carol, seemed to always have a pan of these bars in the kitchen and it was the perfect snack for high-energy, Backstreet Boys-loving girls. As we got older and got involved with different activities  (and actually started dating those boys we were talking about), the sleepovers became less and less frequent until they stopped happening all together. Then came high school graduation and we all went our separate ways.

Flash forward about five years and Jamie got engaged.  For her bridal shower, I wanted to make a cookbook for a party favor that included recipes from family and friends. When Carol sent me the recipe for her famous peanut butter bars, a stream of fond memories of our slumber parties flooded my mind. I’ve made these bars a few times since and every time I do, I reflect on the fun childhood I had and the great bonds I made with those girls. Even though we don’t get to see each other very regularly anymore, I am forever grateful for those nights that we stayed up way too late and laughed until we peed. Thanks, Carol, for providing us with this special dessert that helped create a lot of wonderful memories.

Carol’s Famous Sleepover Peanut Butter Bars

Printable Version

Yield: 16 bars


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, sugars, and peanut butter in a mixing bowl. Add beaten egg and vanilla. Mix well.

Whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.

Spread into a greased 9×13″ pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Combine the icing ingredients and drizzle over top.

Source: Carol  🙂

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Is there anything better than eating food that takes you back to sometime or someplace special?! I used to do the same thing with my friends, but we were always trying to stay up late to sneak watching music videos!

  2. alex says:

    I love sleepovers like this. what a great memory…and great treat!

  3. megan says:

    I THOUGHT YOU GUYS WERE HYSTERICAL what a great time you had…i have so many stories and saved videos that im sure all would love to see. was there anyone ‘funnier’ than jamie? got to make these TODAY

  4. Ann says:

    What a great feature and I love the story of you and your girlfriends! …and we get the bonus of the amazing peanut butter sleepover bars!

  5. Liz says:

    These sound wonderful!!! I don’t eat peanut butter except when it’s in cookies or bars….so I know I’d be a huge fan. What cute pictures…and fun memories that come with this recipe~

  6. What a nice story and how blessed you have been to have so many girlfriends. 🙂

    The bars sound wonderful for little girls and big girls alike. 😉

  7. Great pictures! Oh the days of sleepover’s, miss those days. What a great treat to bring back those memories!

  8. It is nice how food can bring back so many wonderful memories. I can see why these are well liked. The oatmeal is a great ingredient that you do not see used much in baked bars. I will need to try.

  9. Alida says:

    What a great story. It looks like you had a blast! And of course, those bars look absolutely amazing!

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